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Common writing pitfalls: my post on PR Newswire's Beyond PR blog


The PR Newswire Catch of the Month board. My post at PR Newswire's Beyond PR blog looks at the most common errors we caught in 2010. (photo from blog.prnewswire.com)

If you follow me on Twitter (@ADHicken for those who don’t), you’ll see from my bio that when I’m not blogging on Clue Into Cleveland, I’m working downtown as a Senior Editor at PR Newswire.

PR Newswire is the global leader of marketing and communications solutions that enable organizations to distribute multimedia content across traditional, digital, social and mobile channels.  As a Senior Editor, I’m part of a global Editorial team who proofreads, edits, and formats news releases for our members. Needless to say, my love of grammar and the English language has definitely come in handy over the last four and a half years I’ve worked here.

What does this have to do with Clue Into Cleveland? Not much. However, on occasion I contribute to blogs outside of my own and like sharing those links with you. This week, I wrote a blog post for PR Newswire’s Beyond PR blog called Avoid Common Press Release Pitfalls: Advice from our Eagle-Eyed Editors.

This post outlines four of the more common mistakes our editors catch in news releases and provides tips on how to prevent them from happening in your own writing. If you are involved in any sort of writing or blogging – regardless of whether it’s in public relations or marketing, I hope you find it helpful. While you’re there, feel free to peruse the rest of Beyond PR.  Voices from across PR Newswire discuss a variety of communications topics, focusing primarily – but not solely – on public relations, investor relations, social media, SEO, content marketing and corporate social responsibility.

Enjoy! If you have any comments or feedback on my Beyond PR blog post, I’d love to hear from you.

Guest Blog Post: Cleveland and its many craft fairs

The concept of shopping locally for hand made items has always been something Clevelanders can get behind.  I have several (or at least one) memories of my own mom making eucalyptus wreaths and taking us all to a big church hall to run around and meet other women who were selling their wreaths and scarves.  So is it any surprise that I’m drawn to today’s craft fairs, with their wreaths from antique christmas lights and scarves of brightly dyed felt?

Shoppers at Bazaar Bizarre 2010

This past weekend, Dec. 11 and 12, I hit up the Bazaar Bizarre, my annual “Oh, i’ve always wanted a thing just like that!” shopping trip.  The Bazaar Bizarre has been held in Cleveland for six years now, organized by Shannon Okey.  For the past two years, the bazaar has been held at 78th Street Studios, a collection of art studios and galleries and a big empty space.  The neighborhood is starting to pickup on the massive foot traffic that Bazaar Bizarre brings with it, with galleries in the 78th Street Studio and 1300/Third buildings showcasing art and objects.  Bazaar Bizarre is a great place to see our local variations on national trends – looking for interesting food trucks? Den and dim sum and Umami Moto were parked outside, and sold quickly.  What about burlesque and personalized makeup?  What about stiltdancers?  Shannon Okey, busy as usual, was happy to chat with me on Saturday and say how excited she was that the community was really starting to come out and support all the local craft shows being held in the Gordon Square Arts District and Cleveland. 

Michael Hudecek models one of his Forest City Portage bags.


Let me say here a big great job to all the vendors, and a big “well, it was really crowded and we did the best we could do to walk past one another” to all the other shoppers that thronged through the studios to see them.  Some personal favorites were Melissa Venneri-McCabe and Lew McCabe of Whimsical Wonders, creators of spoon and fork magic!; Michael Hudecek of Forest City Portage (and sometimes Melt West), making messenger bags, pouches, belts and wallets out of cordura and the desire to just have a really sweet-ass bag;  Cosette Cornelius-Bates, cosy makes fiber artist, who had the such prettily dyed wool that I had to buy a skein, even though all I can do is the world’s most basic scarf; and Puppycat, a collection of dog and kitty and people treats, where I found the annual christmas present for the kitties (this year, a catnip taco!).  I was excited to meet local Valerie Mayen (Project Runway), there to both sell some really interesting clothing from her shop Yellow Cake, and to talk about the fashion co-operative Buzz & Growl that she is the process of growing.   

Valerie Mayen and Courtney at Bazaar Bizarre 2010

It’s bad writing form to say “I can’t quite describe” but in this case, it is hard to describe all the intriguing items for sale from all the excited and friendly vendors at this year’s Bazaar Bizarre!  It’s always great to go and find something new and really cool (this year, enormous black flower earrings from mandrizzle), and to be part of a great event.

Thankfully, even though Bazaar Bizarre is over, there is still one shopping weekend and several shopping weekdays left in this busy holiday season.  And there are still some local shopping events to help you find that perfect baby onesie that says “My dad made my mom a mix tape and all they got was me.”  (Credit must go to Leigh Kelsey of Rhymes With Tree, who will be at Last Minute Market!)

  • Made in the 216 is an ongoing holiday shop at 2078 W. 25 Street, Cleveland, open until Dec. 24 and organized by Room Service‘s Danielle DeBoe.  Another yearly event, this fair showcases some 50 Cleveland artists.
  • The Last Minute Market & Screw Factory Open Studio will be held this Saturday, Dec. 18 at 13000 Athens Avenue, Lakewood.  This market will host 85 vendors from around the Midwest, as well as showcasing the visiting and resident artists of the Screw Factory.  There is always a blank wall somewhere – shouldn’t you look for some amazing, local paintings or photograph to fill it up?
  • The Pop Up Gift Shop, currently going on at Trinity Commons, 2242 Euclid, Cleveland, is open Thursday and Friday, 10-7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10-5 pm.  If you’re going to “consume, consume locally,” says one of the artists, which encompasses the feeling behind handmade local gifts that emphasize their reused/recycled quality.  A clock made out of a motherboard?  Mosaics from flooring samples?  Check!

 I know I’m (again!) not fully sharing the many local options available to us here in Cleveland, and that’s because we’re totally spoiled for choice.  More ideas and suggestions are available from Thomas Mulready Cool Cleveland’s Holiday Gift Guide, or by checking various local print publications.  As Cool Cleveland says, it’ll be a shopping experience that doesn’t suck.  Which is true!  Absolutely none of these events will suck.  In fact, all of them will be amazing and interesting, and you’ll be able to witness people creating and sharing and selling their art.  And you’ll be a part of it!  Provided you buy something, which I highly suggest you do.  

Melissa and Lew McCabe at Bazaar Bizarre

About the Guest Author: Kate Galo
Long long ago, Kate Galo was a professional blogger at the now-defunct BloggingOhio.com.  Her writing style has vastly improved over the years, and she’s excited to sharing her thoughts about this city with the loyal readers at Clue Into Cleveland!

Celebrating Jewish Culture and Chanukah by visiting the Maltz Museum

I have had the good intentions of visiting the Maltz Musuem of Jewish Heritage for a few years now but have just never made it a point to carve out time to do it. Amanda’s trip to Disney coincides with Chanukah and I thought it would be the perfect way to spend a dreary, winter Cleveland afternoon. As a non-Jewish gal I got to learn a lot about Jewish culture and history.

There is a temporary exhibit that’s about the 1936 Berlin Olympics and it is there until January 23rd, 2011. I would never consider myself a history buff; I found most of what I studied in High School History mind-numbingly boring. One of the few things that always interested me was World War II because I grew up having many Jewish friends. I cannot recall ever having learned much of anything about the Berlin Olympics and I was quite shocked by what I learned at the Maltz Museum. There are propaganda posters (translated for those of us who do not speak German) videos, photographs and the Olympic torch is on loan to us from the Holocaust Museum in D.C. The saddest part of the display was a wall where there was a small biography about the Jewish people who participated in the Olympics, all of whom were killed during the Holocaust. I spent the bulk of my time reading every inch of information made available to me which left less time for the other two parts of the museum.

The first permanent exhibit I explored was the Temple-Tifereth Israel. It contains artifacts from modern and historic Jewish life. Upon entering, I saw a beautiful and enormous menorah. I was also captivated by a wedding canopy and a marriage contract from the 1500s. There is modern art by Jewish artists about life as a Jewish person and stories from the Torah. According to the website, it is the fourth oldest museum of Judaica in the United States and the collection is quite lovely.

The second permanent exhibit is entitled “An American Story” and talked about famous Jewish people and their contributions to society. I couldn’t help but smile to see that the late, great, Cleveland native Harvey Pekar was featured. The exhibit elaborates on different issues faced by Jewish immigrants from a historical perspective. It shows the struggles faced by Jewish people who have just arrived in the United States, how they have built a community within Cleveland. The Great Depression is then covered but I didn’t spend too much time on that section of the exhibit. In part it was because I wanted to check out the next portion, that talked about World War II and the rebuilding afterwards.

That part of the museum was particularly difficult part for me to view. Featured are quotes from Cleveland holocaust survivors, memorabilia, photos and looping video. I have never been to the Holocaust Museum in D.C. but I picture this to be a smaller and less intense version of that. As a one of German heritage I have always felt vicarious shame for what Hitler did. It was difficult for me to look at pictures and read what the survivors had to say about their experiences. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would’ve liked on this section because I was reminded by a kind but firm short woman that they were closing in 5 minutes.

There is also a gift shop but because I ran out of time, I can’t comment on it. Other than that it was well-lit and appeared to be quite clean.

I found the museum to be an excellent balance of history and culture. It is intimate and information. I would highly recommend it to Jews and gentiles alike!

About the Guest Blogger: Elizabeth Grepp
Elizabeth is a native Clevelander who has been an avid reader and writer for as long as she can remember.  Pursuing a degree in Public Relations and as a staff writer for her college’s award-winning newspaper, she was able to continue her long-standing love affair with comma splices.  A resident of Cleveland Heights for nearly 4 years, Elizabeth’s obsession with the area is driven by the good food, music and fascinating characters who visit or live there. You can follow her on twitter under the clever pseudonym @egrepp or @cleyogi where she shares her journey becoming certified to teach yoga.

Clue Into Cleveland Welcomes Guest Bloggers Elizabeth Grepp and Kate Galo

With the holidays in full swing, I’m taking a vacation from blogging for two weeks so that I can unwind, catch up on things and do a little roadtripping.  While I’m gone, two friends of Clue Into Cleveland will be guest blogging.

Elizabeth Grepp returns to Clue Into Cleveland after sharing her insight on Coventry people-watching back in August. A resident of Cleveland Heights for nearly 4 years, Elizabeth’s obsession with the area is driven by the good food, music and fascinating characters who visit or live here. You can follow her on twitter as @egrepp and @cleyogi where she shares her journey becoming certified to teach yoga.

Kate Galo will be making her Clue Into Cleveland blogging debut – though she’s been a reader from the very beginning often commenting on posts.  Long long ago, Kate Galo was a professional blogger at the now-defunct BloggingOhio.com.  Her writing style has vastly improved over the years, and she says she’s looking forward to sharing her thoughts with the loyal readers of Clue Into Cleveland.

Both native Clevelanders, Elizabeth and Kate bring a different perspective to the blog than this Ohio transplant.

If you also would like an opportunity to share how you’ve clued into Cleveland, shoot me an email at clueintocleveland@gmail.com.

See you in two weeks!

Comic-Con Guest Blogging at The Creation of Adam


For those of you who know me outside of my blog, you’ll know that in addition to my love of Cleveland, there are a handful of other hobbies that I’m passionate about.  Probably at the top of this list, though, is my love of comic books and graphic novels. Scott and I have our Wednesday ritual of picking up the new releases from ASTOUND! in Westlake.  At antique stores and flea markets, we usually end up sorting through the piles of old comics.  And the majority of my office at home is filled with my collection of Incredible Hulk and She-Hulk toys, as well as my Marvel Mighty Muggs. 

Although I was previously able to combine my love of Cleveland and comics into a post on Free Comic Book Day, I knew that when I traveled to the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, a post about our convention roadtrip would probably not have a relevant home on Clue Into Cleveland.  However, thanks to my friend Adam, who kindly offered me the chance to guest blog on his site, I was able to finally find a home for my review of C2E2.

And so you can now check out my post – Comic-Con, C2E2 and Joe Quesada’s Nerd Rock – on his site The Creation of Adam. In addition to my post, you’ll find Adam’s perspective on all things pop culture and entertainment.